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With power to spare and long battery life, the M1-powered MacBooks have proven that Apple can build a laptop without the need for Intel chips. If you’re thinking about buying one but have been hesitant about the price so far, Amazon is selling the 256GB MacBook Pro M1 for $ 1,199 and the 256GB MacBook Air M1 for $ 929 – $ 100 and $ 70. off the usual prices, respectively.
With a superb score of 94, the MacBook Air M1 is one of the best laptops we’ve reviewed in recent memory. Some of the reasons for this include the fast performance, the light weight of 2.8 pounds, the quiet fanless design, and the 16 hour battery life. The only problem we had at the time was the lack of native apps, but a lot of news has come in since then including beta versions of Photoshop and other Adobe apps. Otherwise, it’s a bit like previous Intel models, with a 13.3-inch display, great trackpad, and comfortable keyboard.
We were a little less excited about the MacBook Pro M1, although it still received a good rating. Since it packs a fan and a larger case, it can outperform the MacBook Air M1 and also offers a nice Retina display, a good keyboard and trackpad, and up to 16 hours of battery life. However, it lacks features that content creators might expect, like the ability to use more than one external display, just two USB-C ports, and a 16GB RAM limitation. A
Amazon’s offers only apply to 256 GB versions (each with 8 GB of RAM), and the lower price of the MacBook Air M1 is limited to the gold model. However, you can get the MacBook Pro for the retail price in space gray, or get it in silver for just a dollar more.
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